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Wed Jun 12, 2019, 04:35 AM

44. My "As Bill Sees It" is so crammed with bookmarks that I can't find anything, LOL!

I was bummed that we couldn't use that book anymore, but I was really happy to see that the "Living Sober" book has turned out to be so popular. You're right, it's just perfect for the group that we're now getting for that meeting.

That particular group actually meets twice a week, as I said it was a literature meeting that used to meet elsewhere, but since the move (which probably nobody but me will remember), it's turned into a beginners' meeting. Tuesday is now "Living Sober" and Thursday is the same as it always was, a Step Meeting using the "12 and 12." As you can imagine, that's been tough, saving up for more books (those have gotten expensive!) and very few members who just got out of rehab and have yet to find a sponsor are conversant with The Steps.

But then we found a hero! There's a guy with longtime sobriety who began coming to the Monday meeting there. He's originally from downstate, is a retired Teamster who relocated "up north" and began showing up because - as another long timer I know from District told me - he needed sponsees to really work his program. He wasn't excited about the discussion meeting, always says to "look for meetings where they read from the literature!" and he's been leading the Step Meeting!

And the guys there really like him. I like him! He's very plain speaking about the program, is full of stories from his experiences and he's entertaining as well as quite knowledgeable. And he and I share a sobriety date - except his is 1976!! So we've gone through The Steps, we read it and he shares and then we discuss them. It's kinda tough for brand new people, but his explanations really have helped. And we've gone through the entire "12 and 12," including The Traditions. There are other Step Meetings, but not that many that focus on The Traditions, so I appreciated what he had to say especially.

The only thing is, now that we've gone through the whole book - he hung in there for several months - he's taking time off from that obligation to build his daughter a house near him "up north." So last week we started over with Step 1 which wasn't too bad, but I'm not sure how it'll go. His knowledge really made that meeting. I sure hope that he comes back after his construction is done since he's certainly missed.

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